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January 14, 2022
Rebecca Solnit Is Not Giving Up Hope
An interview with the essayist about the need for bread and roses—especially in perilous times.
December 21, 2021
Alfred Döblin’s Surreal Foray Into Climate Fiction
The 20th-century German writer’s novel
Mountains Oceans Giants
is a stunning and strange look into what an environmental apocalypse might look like.
November 29, 2021
Gayl Jones’s Epic of Liberation
In her new novel,
Jones offers a story of slavery and freedom in the Americas.
Farah Jasmine Griffin
November 26, 2021
When Real Life Feels More Like Science Fiction
As almost happened in
The War of the Worlds
, we could kiss this planet goodbye—and if that’s not science fiction transformed into fact of the first order, what is?
November 26, 2021
Dennis Cooper’s Love Story of a Lifetime
His new book,
, asks: What can a novel do in the service of remembering a lost love?
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November 8, 2021
Omar El Akkad’s Odyssey of Hope
His recent novel
What Strange Paradise
examines the personal and political toll of the refugee crisis.
November 4, 2021
What “Passing” Can Still Teach Us About Identity
A film adaptation of Nella Larsen’s novel dramatizes the mercurial and sometimes dangerous consequences of a person's performance of self in the public.
November 2, 2021
Francisco Goldman’s Altered States
In his new novel, Goldman asks readers to question the very essence of how we define ourselves.
October 29, 2021
The Moral and Magical Political Fictions of Carolina de Robertis
The Uruguayan American novelist’s
The President and the Frog
asks us to consider: What does it mean to be a good political actor?
October 25, 2021
Richard Powers’s Radical Parenting Lessons
His new novel
examines the challenges of raising a child in a slowly dying world.